Hélène Csech. D’ombre et de lumière


Hélène Csech. D’ombre et de lumière

Exhibition - belfort

Hélène Csech. D’ombre et de lumière


In 2005, the artist Hélène Csech (Paris, 1921 - Paris, 2013) donated a group of 217 works to the Belfort Museums: etchings, drypoints, aquatints and multiple combinations of these techniques, often printed in editions of less than 30 to preserve all the subtlety of the drawing. This donation was completed by one of his sons at the end of 2022: 53 works, including monotypes and drawings, joined the Belfort collections. These two complementary donations make it possible to preserve the complete works of an artist and follow their development, making the Museums of Belfort a benchmark for the artist, since no other institution possesses so many of his works. Despite being trained by Johnny Friedlander (Pless, 1912 - Paris, 1992), one of the masters of contemporary engraving, Hélène Csech, like most women artists specialising in engraving, remains largely unknown. A drawing teacher in Paris from 1946 to 1953, she printed her work at the Visat studio until 1979, then at René Taze after that date. She won first prize for engraving at Bayeux in 1992. Her first floating landscapes, heavily influenced by Friedlander, gradually disappeared, giving way to a more personal body of work characterised by the appearance of recurring themes: useless architecture, phantasmagorical monsters, disturbing characters... The line is powerful and intense, sometimes impertinent. The black, masterful and extreme, arouses a real fascination that is enhanced by a rare light.

Opening hours

1 April to 30 June: Open daily from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 6.30 pm, except Tuesdays.
From 1 July to 31 August: Open daily from 10 am to 12.30 pm and from 2 pm to 6.30 pm.

From 20/04/2024 to 01/09/2024


  • Base rate : from 8,00 € to 11,00 €
  • Ermäßigter Satz : from 6,00 € to 8,00 €